Officer Emil Engstrom

Officer Emil Engstrom

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, August 14, 1923

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Emil Engstrom

Officer Engstrom was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drug crazed robbery suspect. Officer Engstrom, one of the agency's taxicab inspectors, was riding with the president of a taxi company when he observed the suspect wanted for a robbery earlier in the day. When he approached the man the suspect shot him in the neck. The 24-year-old suspect fled but surrendered two days later. He was sentenced to life in prison.

The suspect, suspected of three more murders, was denied parole in 1946. He applied for another parole in 1956 but the result is not known.

Officer Engstrom had only been with the agency for eight months and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 90th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 21, 2013

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